More often than not, visits with doctors, nurses, and hospitals will go smoothly. Mistakes resulting in serious personal injury are the exception, not the rule. But unfortunately mistakes do happen, and sometimes individuals are left with injuries that have long-lasting effects on their lives. One of the common forms of medical malpractice is that of medication errors. Keep in mind though, that not all mistakes equate to medical malpractice. There must be negligence on behalf of the doctors, nurses, hospitals, etc. who are administering medicinal treatments.
TYPES OF MEDICATION ERRORS
There are a few different ways that medication errors can occur. Among them are:
- Patient data is incorrect
- Patient records are incomplete
- Patient records are mixed up
- Incorrect dosage, either too much or too little to be effective
- Prescribing drugs that interact negatively with one another
- Mislabeling of prescription medications
- Prescribing drugs that the patient is allergic to
- Failing to warn patients of common side effects of drugs
- Medication administering equipment malfunctions
Most trips to the hospital or doctor will not end in personal injury. But for the ones that do, the patient can be left to pick up the pieces, often suffering lingering pain and effects in the process. If you or a loved one has sustained an injury as a result of medical malpractice, you need someone to stand by your side and get you the help you need. Cummings Law Firm has nearly 25 years of experience serving the Waterbury area. Contact us today; we can help.